A float entered by DNA Bail Bonds last year in the annual Clayton Christmas Parade will not be allowed this year, according to the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.
The Clayton parade is Saturday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. The parade includes more than 120 entries and brings thousands of people to downtown Clayton.
In a news release, the Clayton Chamber of Commerce said it received a number of concerns and complaints about the float entered by DNA Bail Bonds, a non-Chamber member located Smithfield.
The chamber said the concern was for the children walking in chains and handcuffs and for the toilet on the back of the float that trailed toilet paper onto Main Street.
In a statement, the chamber said, "Our Chamber and the Clayton community appreciates that the services provided by bail bondsmen are a necessary and vital part of our justice system and we absolutely do not want to deny an area business the opportunity to promote themselves in a huge community event. The community's concern was that these specific images were not appropriate for a beloved community Christmas parade attended by hundreds of families."
Chamber leaders said they could not reach a compromise with DNA Bail Bonds.
"We regret that this situation has led to the exclusion of a family-run Johnston County business that has long-supported the community and various charity groups," the chamber said.